Nov 14, 2012 1:00pm PST
president and republican senators john mccain and lindsay graham. it began to escalate earlier this morning when the senators vowed to stand in the way of the president if -- if he goes ahead and nominates the united nations ambassador susan rice to replace hillary clinton secretary of state. mccain and graham are scathing of rice's early remarks about the deadly attack on the u.s. diplomats in benghazi, libya. >> this is about the role she played around four dead americans when it seems to be that the story coming out of the administration. and she's the point person, is so disconnected to reality. i don't trust her. and the reason i don't trust her is because i think she knew better. and if she didn't know better, she shouldn't be the voice of america. somebody has got to start paying a price around this place. >> let's see what happens here. but we will do whatever's necessary to block the nomination that's within our power as far as susan rice is concerned. >> all right. listen to the president's very, very angry response to senators mccain and graham during that white house news confer
Nov 13, 2012 1:00pm PST
about those e-mails. >> and senator john mccain was at that meeting as well. he's the ranking member of the armed service committee. what did they have to say? >> reporter: very interesting. until last night, the folks up here were thinking they had to focus on one scandal, and now it's of course two, with very big players. and the other has to do with the pentagon. and john mccain is the ranking republican on the armed services committee. i asked about how they're going to go forward with their investigation of general allen's alleged flirtatious e-mails with a woman. watch this. >> and i just was very surprised and the secretary of defense called me up and said that they were going to have a full investigation, that general allen denies any impropriety, so i think it's appropriate to have the investigation go forward and the senate armed forces committee look at it as well. >> are you comfortable with him serving in his current capacity? >> yes. i am -- i am comfortable with that. we need someone in charge. no one has ever argued that his performance of duty is not been excellent.
Nov 8, 2012 1:00pm PST
is that while mitt romney was underperforming john mccain among hispanics, he actually won more of the african-american vote than john mccain did. now, he won 6% instead of 4%, but he actually got up to like 8% or 9% among 18 to 29-year-old african-americans which is the group that's hardest hit by unemployment. again, these are tiny numbers. >> mitt romney underperformed a light post with hispanics. don't get started on that. >> a jack kent republican would be very welcome right now to create some sense of competition. we have 10% or 11% of the country right now in free fall and neither party taking it seriously. that's bad. >> it's not as if the republicans didn't work for the african-american and latino vote, they actively rejected it. that was the sense i got. they used it as a way to run up the score with white voters and really created a corrosive toxic discourse that i think hurt everybody. >> what's your unsolicited advice today, ana? >> well, my unsolicited advice is for -- >> hold it up. >> how do you say that in spanish? an extra exclamation point. >> say yeb or bushito.
Nov 9, 2012 4:00pm EST
both sides of the political aisle in the hours that follow this resignation senator john mccain calling him one of the greatest military generals of any time. and really if you look at the head of the senate intelligence committee, senator diane feinstein, a democrat, she said she very much regrets the fact that president obama accepted the resignation. she calls it a tremendous loss to the intelligence community, wolf. >> there's no doubt that the whole benghazi timeline -- i know the pentagon is about to release some sort of timeline, they're getting ready for hearings next week. do you get any indication at all that general petraeus' resignation, chris, has anything to do with what happened in benghazi? >> i don't get that indication, wolf. from everything we had heard that this testimony was due to happen next week that there was nothing holding it up. and having heard the pentagon timeline this afternoon, there was nothing earth shaking in its revelations that would sort of rise to this level. so i just don't think it had anything to do with that. and i think that president obama a
Nov 12, 2012 1:00pm PST
coalition, ted kennedy, john mccain, president bush, he tried to get comprehensive immigration reform, all of them worked really hard. didn't exactly work out. now chuck schumer, the democrat from new york, lindsey graham, the republican from south carolina, they are trying right now. they have a serious proposal out there to recreate that coalition. is it going to go anywhere? >> i hope so. the republicans have been awol on comprehensive immigration reform since 2007. i think president obama should reach out to president bush so that he can help recruit more republicans to help him. president obama's committed to comprehensive immigration reform. i looked the other day, 90% of hispanics have parents or grandparents who immigrated to the united states from another country. that's why the republicans should be afraid. ther they should help us -- >> i don't think they have to be afraid. >> mitt romney talked about self-deportation, that turned off a lot of folks out there. >> i think self-deportation is what president obama did when he cratered the economy and kept it struggling. no jobs for
Nov 15, 2012 4:00pm EST
. consulate in benghazi, libya. you're about to hear a tape of senator john mccain's contentious exchange with cnn. also, we've seen pictures like this of the benghazi compound on september 11th, but today for the first time lawmakers are seeing surveillance video of the assault that killed the united states ambassador, three other americans. i'll talk to one u.s. senator about what that video shows. and mitt romney's speaking out about his election loss blaming what he calls gifts -- that's a quote, gifts, the president people gave to people who voted for him. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> tempers flaring on capitol hill. senator john mccain lashing out at one of our cnn producers who questioned why he was missing a key hearing on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. mccain has been a sharp critic of the president and his administration complaining lawmakers are not getting enough information. and when asked why he missed that meeting today, he lashed out. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is up on capitol hill. she's got mo
Nov 15, 2012 1:00pm PST
blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> tempers flaring on capitol hill. senator john mccain lashing out at one of our cnn producers who questioned why he was missing a key hearing on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. mccain has been a sharp critic of the president and his administration complaining lawmakers are not getting enough information. and when asked why he missed that meeting today, he lashed out. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is up on capitol hill. she's got more on this sensitive story. dana, what happened? >> reporter: well, it turns out, wolf, cnn learned that most of the republicans on this key committee that had a briefing on what happened in benghazi did not go. in fact, it was three out of the eight republicans on that committee. one of those republicans who did not go to that briefing, it was a classified briefing, was john mccain. now, mccain at the time was having a press conference yesterday lashing out at the administration for not getting enough information and calling for a select committee to investigate it all. well, ou
Nov 16, 2012 1:00pm PST
gears but stay in the region, iraq right now. senator john mccain he was furious today when he got word that hezbollah terrorist who's been under u.s. arrest now iraqi arrest is about to be freed. i want you to listen to what senator mccain had to say. >> we've received information that the iraqi government has released a guy who has flown to lebanon who is responsible for the deaths of five americans. this is an outrage. families of those who were killed by this terrorist cause to be outraged and appropriate action should be taken as to regards with our relations with the iraqi government. >> he's talking about al ali mussa daqduq. when the u.s. pulled out, fareed, they were assured by the government in baghdad he would not be freed. he has now been freed. it's raising all sorts of questions about where the government of baghdad is going right now. what's your assessment? >> my view, wolf, is that we made a mistake right from the start. the bush administration decided the easiest way to deal with iraq was essentially to hand over the central government to hard line shia groups. we